Smart Organic Farming - Häme University of applied sciences
Smart Organic Farming
Puimuri
Puimuri

Smart Organic Farming, Bachelor of Natural Resources

Degree Programme

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

You gather plant and animal production skills on the modern campus educational and research farm and work placements. You’ll learn profitable rural entrepreneurship in cooperation with nature. You analyse, develop and manage effective, safe and sustainable food production in changing climate, and you work with current uses and developments of diverse technologies and technological applications in agriculture. You collect data and use digital tools for finding solutions to rural issues and commissions.

WHAT WILL YOU BECOME?

As a graduate you will work within the agricultural branch in e.g. production, trade, agribusiness, processing industry, services, advisory and official functions, education, research, and development, both as entrepreneurs and employees. Typical jobs include farm manager, teacher, sales manager, rural official, agricultural expert, research technician, project manager or farmer.

APPLICATION PERIOD

  • JOINT APPLICATION - January 2022
  • Type of Application You can apply to several higher education institutes in Finland at once.
  • Number of study places 20
  • Application period begins 5 January 2022
  • Application period ends 19 January 2022
  • Preliminary assignments given in by -
  • Entrance examinations International UAS Exam
  • Information on admissions 3 June at the latest
  • Confirmation of study place 15 July 2022 3:00 pm (Finnish time)
  • Studies begin In August 2022
  • APPLY TO STUDIES

  • DIRECT APPLICATION TO HAMK - Application period 2
  • Type of Application Apply only to HAMK's degree programmes. Recommended for applicants from abroad
  • Number of study places not restricted
  • Application period begins 1 February 2022
  • Application period ends 10 May 2022 3:00 pm (Finnish time)
  • Preliminary assignments given in by -
  • Entrance examinations online 3 times during the spring
  • Information on admissions within 2 weeks
  • Confirmation of study place 15 July 2022 3:00 pm (Finnish time)
  • Studies begin In August 2022
  • APPLY TO STUDIES

  • APPLICATION ON THE BASIS OF OPEN UAS STUDIES
  • Type of Application
  • Number of study places 3
  • Application period begins 1.8.
  • Application period ends 31.5.
  • Preliminary assignments given in by -
  • Entrance examinations -
  • Information on admissions August-June
  • Confirmation of study place within 10 days
  • Studies begin during the academic year 2021-2022
  • APPLY TO STUDIES

  • TRANSFER APPLICATION ON THE BASIS OF VALID RIGHT TO STUDY AT A FINNISH UNIVERSITY
  • Type of Application
  • Number of study places
  • Application period begins 2.5. (spring) / 1.11. (autumn)
  • Application period ends 16.5. (spring) / 15.11. (autumn) 3:00 pm
  • Preliminary assignments given in by
  • Entrance examinations
  • Information on admissions 30.6. (spring) / 15.12. (autumn)
  • Confirmation of study place 31.7. (spring) / 31.12. (autumn)
  • Studies begin in the beginning of next semester
  • APPLY TO STUDIES

  • DIRECT APPLICATION TO HAMK - Application period 1
  • Type of Application Apply only to HAMK's degree programmes. Recommended for applicants from abroad
  • Number of study places not restricted
  • Application period begins 1 October 2021
  • Application period ends 15 November 2021 3:00 pm (Finnish time)
  • Preliminary assignments given in by -
  • Entrance examinations 2 December 2021
  • Information on admissions 17 December 2021 at the latest
  • Confirmation of study place 15 July 2022 3:00 pm (Finnish time)
  • Studies begin In August 2022
  • APPLY TO STUDIES

DEGREE PROGRAMME IN BRIEF

DEGREE TITLE
Bachelor of Natural Resources
DURATION (YEARS) 4
EXTENT (CREDITS) 240
LOCATION FULL-TIME STUDIES
Mustiala
LOCATION PART-TIME STUDIES
LANGUAGE English

CURRICULA OF SMART ORGANIC FARMING

Become an agricultural expert by studying in Smart Organic Farming  

Smart Organic Farming degree programme includes various interesting subjects, such as sustainable plant and animal production, agricultural technology and digitalization, organic methods, bioeconomy and circular economy. The students can target their knowledge profile to e.g. dairy industry and plant production. They learn research work, smart solutions, project development and innovation in an internationally oriented rural environment. The studies also encourage entrepreneurial mindset, improve skills needed for running your own company, create entrepreneurship that is based on higher education, and renew and develop existing businesses.

The contents of the studies are based on real situations and problems in cooperation with the diverse businesses and organizations in the agricultural branch. Learning environments are varied, and a significant part of studies happens on the campus’ own research farm and different agricultural businesses. A key learning method is teamwork in different projects which are carried out in cooperation with the network. Practical training in work placements is part of the studies, and some of the studies can be completed abroad.

 

Students can choose between different study modes the one that suits them best. The study modes enable studying in various life situations.

  • 8–16 Working day kind of a way to study (Full-time studies): If you study in the full-time study mode, your studies will proceed at a steady pace in a familiar student group here on campus. You get to develop your competence in different teams and in close connection to the world of work. Studying is full-time and the student is committed to working every weekday.
  • 18–100: This study mode suits you if you wish to continue working while you are studying. It is possible to study online but in the 18-100 model you will need a farm for the learning environment. It can be either you own work environment (farm) or some other farm where you can carry out your study-related tasks (for example driving a tractor, basic farm work, soil analysis). The assessment criteria as well as the content of the studies are the same as in the 8-16 model.
  • 24/7 Fast-track study mode: Fast-track studies are for independent students who have already acquired most of the competences required for the degree and who are very good at managing their time. They are able to form an idea of their own competence in relation to the degree’s learning outcomes. The assessment criteria as well as the content of the studies are the same as in the 8-16 model.

The curriculum will include these modules:

  • Agricultural expertise in global context
  • Animal production
  • Crop production
  • Agricultural and rural system studies
  • Practical training in rural work placement
  • Analyzing agricultural data
  • Planning rural development
  • Diversity in agricultural environment
  • Practical training in rural expert placement
  • Organic production and food system
  • Business and expert services in the field of agriculture
  • Sustainable crop production
  • Sustainable animal production
  • Sustainable farm technology choices

Student life

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APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Frequently asked questions - Application & Exam

Here you will find the frequently asked questions according to application and exam, which you might find helpful.

Application practicalities

  • Check the eligibility requirements
  • Get familiar with the admission criteria
  • Find out if you are required to upload documents to your application
  • Submit an online application at www.studyinfo.fi and upload the required documents to your application
  • Keep an eye on your e-mail in case you are required to provide additional documents or further information about your educational background

Admission criteria

Students are selected using four selection methods:

  • admission on the basis of the points awarded for entrance examination
  • admission on the basis of school performance (applicants with International Baccalaureate, Vietnamese High School Graduation Certificate, Chinese High School Graduation Certificate from the following provinces: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong and Sichuan,  All India Senior School Certificate or Indian School Certificate)
  • admission on the basis of Edunation Pathway Diploma Program
  • admission on the basis of SAT-test results

Applicants can choose whether they take the SAT-test or participate in the entrance examination.

 

Timetable for joint application in spring 2022

Date Application
5 January 2022 Application period begins
19 January 2022 3:00 pm (Finnish time) Application period ends
26 January 2022 Enclosures must be downloaded to the application at Studyinfo.fi
2 February 2022 Entrance examination invitations will be sent approximately one week before the exam
9 February 2022 Written part of the International UAS Exam
2 March - 16 March 2022 Group interview for eligible applicants who have passed the written exam
3 June 2022 Student selection results are published at the latest
15 July 2022 3:00 pm (Finnish time) Admitted applicants must confirm their study places

 

Eligibility

You can apply to a Bachelor’s degree programme at a university of applied sciences when you have completed:

  • the Finnish general upper secondary school syllabus and/or the Matriculation Examination
  • International Baccalaureate, German Reifeprüfung or European Baccalaureate Diploma
  • a Finnish upper secondary vocational qualification (120 credit units) or an equivalent previous vocational qualification with a minimum scope of 80 credit units
  • a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma
  • further vocational qualification or specialist vocational qualification or an equivalent previous qualification
  • foreign education that provides eligibility to apply for higher education in the country in question
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree

Refugee or refugee-like situation

If you are a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and you cannot prove your eligibility through documentary evidence, HAMK can consider whether you can be invited to the entrance exam. You must prove the refugee status by reference to a decision made by competent authority and submit a copy of it to the Admission Services within 7 days after the application period has ended.

Required english language proficiency

Applicants English language skills will be tested in the entrance examinations. No language skills certificates are required.

Application practicalities

  1. Check the eligibility requirements and get familiar with the admission criteria of the study programme to which you are planning to apply.
  2. Find out if you are required to attach documents to your application. You can find this information from the website of the study programme to which you are applying at Studyinfo.fi.
  3. Submit an online application at www.studyinfo.fi.
  4. Get ready for the entrance examinations by reading carefully the material sent to you in the entrance examination invitation.
  5. Participate in the entrance examinations

The student selection results of the joint application to higher education in spring 2022 will be published by 3 June 2022 and admitted applicants must confirm their study place by 15 July 2022 at 3:00 pm Finnish time at the latest.

Entrance examination: International UAS Exam

International UAS Exam is a joint digital entrance exam of Finnish universities of applied sciences, used for selecting students to study programmes leading to a degree and conducted in English. 

The entrance exam consists of two phases organized remotely online:

  1. First phase: written examination

The exam is organized on 9.2.2022 at 12:00 (UTC/GMT +3).

  1. Second phase: group interview

Group interviews are organised between 2.–16.3.2022. All eligible applicants who have passed the written exam will be invited to the group interview.

The final student selection is made on the basis the written exam (60%) and the group interview (40%).

In the entrance examination, the applicants’ readiness for UAS studies are assessed. The entrance exam does not include any advance reading materials or pre-assignments.

Exam participants from outside of Finland can check the Finnish time e.g. with the Time and Date website: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/finland/helsinki

First phase – written exam

The entrance examination is organized on 9.2.2022 at 12:00 (UTC/GMT +3). The exam is organized once at that time and cannot be completed at another time.

All applicants will be invited to the first phase. Approximately one week before the entrance exam, you receive a personal link in the email address you have given in your Studyinfo application. The link is also available at My Studyinfo in your own application.

The first phase of the entrance exam is a written examination conducted individually on the applicant’s computer remotely online.

The entrance examination is conducted in the English language. The contents and duration of the exam are determined on the basis of the study programmes you apply for. You complete at one time all the exam sections that apply to the study programmes you apply for. The entrance exam includes both common exam sections to all applicants and field-specific exam sections.

Common tasks for all study fields:

  • Reasoning skills
  • English language

In addition to common sections of all study fields, the entrance examination contains the following study field specific sections:

  • Mathematical skills (fields of Technology, Business Administration and ICT, Natural Resources)
  • Advanced mathematical skills (fields of Technology)

In the Mathematical and scientific skills section the applicant may use a function calculator of the entrance examination system. Each section has a minimum accepted score that the applicant has to achieve in order to have the written exam approved.

More detailed instructions and information on the date, duration and scoring of the written exam can be found at www.uasinfo.fi.

Second phase – group interview (oral exam)

All eligible applicants who have passed the written exam will be invited to the second phase. Group interviews are organised between 2.–16.3.2022. The second phase is common to all study fields and the applicant participates in only one group interview. In the group interview, the focus is on the applicants’ oral English language skills.

The maximum score of group interview is 40 and the lowest passing score is 8. More detailed instructions and information on the date, duration and scoring of the written exam can be found at www.uasinfo.fi.

Pre-reading materials

There is no pre-reading material.

Entrance exam cooperation

Häme UAS participates in national entrance examination cooperation.

Universities of applied sciences in Finland organize International UAS exam in cooperation. Degree programmes belonging to the same entrance exam group accept entrance exams completed in other participating UAS.

NB: Häme UAS will not organize campus entrance examinations in the joint application 2022.

Individual arrangements for entrance examinations

Fill in the Application for individual arrangements in the International UAS Exam (opens 5 January 2022), with the necessary attachments, by 26 January 2022 at 15:00 (UTC/GMT+2). Your application for individual arrangements is processed in Häme University of Applied Sciences if you have applied for a degree programme that uses the International UAS Exam entrance examination and HAMK is first on your application form. HAMK will inform you by email on individual arrangements that you have been granted. If the decision is negative, reasons for rejection will be provided with the decision.

Requests for individual arrangements sent after the deadline are processed only in acute, exceptional cases. Individual arrangements cannot be granted if the request is submitted too late, with regard to the timetable of the entrance examination, or individual arrangements are otherwise deemed impossible to arrange. If the need for individual arrangements emerge after the end of the application period, submit the application for individual arrangements and contact by email HAMK Admission Services [admissions(at)hamk.fi] as soon as possible.

Required enclosures

Please enclose to your electronic form copies of certificates that support your request (e.g. medical certificate or equivalent statement on the nature of your disease or disability, or certificate on dyslexia or learning difficulty). Those who request support measures, such as additional time, on the grounds of dyslexia have to attach a statement of a trained special needs teacher, an expert psychologist, speech therapist or specialist medical doctor (e.g. child neurologist, neurologist or phoniatrician). The statement shall indicate that you need support measures for taking the exam due to dyslexia. The UAS may accept an equivalent decision made by The Finnish Matriculation Examination Board if it contains the granted support measures.

The validity of statements is assessed on a case-by-case basis depending on the persistence of disability, disease or learning difficulty. For dyslexia, only statements that have been obtained at the age of 16 or later are considered. Do not send original certificates but be prepared to present the originals at the start of your studies should you become accepted to the study programme. Information related to your health shall be kept secret (Section 24, Act on the Openness of Government Activities).

Notification on granted individual arrangements

The UAS responsible for the individual arrangements in the entrance examination will contact you by e-mail before the entrance examination, to agree upon practical arrangements. If you are not satisfied with the arrangements stated in the announcement, please contact the UAS in question.

The announcement on individual arrangements for the entrance exam is exam-specific and valid only in that particular entrance exam. Individual arrangements that have been granted in advance for the second phase are valid only if the applicant receives an invitation to the second phase.

If you receive an invitation to the second phase of the International UAS Exam, please submit the decision on individual arrangements granted to you to the Admissions Services of the university of applied sciences that sent the invitation by 25 February 2022 at 15:00 (UTC/GMT+2).

Certificate-based selection: Matriculation Examination

All universities of applied sciences comply with the scoring models and principles of certificate-based selection. If you apply with a matriculation examination (Finnish or EB, IB and RP/DIA diploma) you can check scoring here (only in finnish).

For the certificate-based selection a threshold criteria for the English language test is at least grade C (advanced level) or grade M (basic level).

 

SAT test

The SAT Test, organised by the College Board, is given all over the world on simultaneous test dates. For further information on the test, visit the College Board website.

HAMK uses SAT-test results as a student selection method in Degree Programme in International Business, Information and Communication Technology, Bioeconomy, Degree Programme in Construction Engineering, Degree Programme in Electrical and Automation Engineering, Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology, Degree Programme in Smart Organic Farming as well as in Degree Programme in Computer Applications.

SAT-test is an alternative for taking an entrance examination. An applicant applying to the above-mentioned degree programmes can participate to the student selection either by taking the SAT test or by participating in the entrance examinations.

Please notice: SAT-test is not used as a student selection method in the Degree Programme in Smart and Sustainable Design.

What kind of test is SAT?

SAT consists of

  • Reading test
  • Writing and Language test
  • Math test
  • Essay

Read more about the test at the College Board website.

What kind of SAT test score does HAMK require?

HAMK requires you to take the SAT test which includes Reading test, Writing and Language test and Math test. Essay is not required. Please note that SAT Subject Tests are not accepted. Only new SAT scores taken after 1 March 2016 are accepted.

HAMK requires a minimum score of 500 from Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and 500 from Mathematics.

When does HAMK need my SAT result?

The sooner you submit your SAT scores the sooner you can be offered a study place. The last date to submit your scores to HAMK is 4 April. Check registration deadlines on the SAT website; the registration closes approximately one month before the test dates.

How does HAMK get my SAT result?

It is possible to request the test score report to be sent to HAMK. Thus, you should fill in the school code 6894 in the SAT application form.

When, where and how can I take SAT?

Dates for the international tests can be found here and test locations can be found on the Test centers page.

There are specific requirements for international applicants from certain countries. Please check here if there are any that would concern you.

How can I register to SAT?

To learn about registration, take a look at registration instructions.

How much does SAT cost?

Read more about the test fees here.

Student selection results

The student selection results of the joint application will be published by 3 June 2022 at the latest.

You will be sent an e-mail if you are offered a study place. You then have time until 15 July 2022 at 3:00 pm (Finnish time) to confirm the study place using the link included in the message or by logging in to My Studyinfo -service with online banking credentials, mobile certificate or an electronic ID card.

Please notice that once you confirm the study place you cannot anymore accept any other study places leading to a higher education degree in Finland if the studies begin in the same academic term. The one-study-place-per-term-provision applies to higher education regardless of how the studies are provided. For example, if you have already accepted a study place offered to you in some direct application, you cannot then anymore accept a study place from the joint application if the study programme begins in the same academic term.

Appeals

If you believe there has been a mistake in the student selection and the admission criteria have not been applied correctly, you can make a written request for rectification within 14 days after the student selection results have been published.

The request for rectification must be addressed to the Examination Board of Häme University of Applied Sciences and sent to HAMK, PO Box 230, 13101 Hämeenlinna, Finland within 14 days after the student selection results have been published.

You can apply as a degree student to HAMK on the basis of open studies completed in a university of applied sciences in Finland.

Applicant who has completed 60 credits applicable to the degree is eligible for Bachelor's degree studies. Applicant who has an applicable higher education degree and two years of work experience after graduation and who has completed 10 credits (belonging to a 60 cr's degree) or 15 credits (belonging to a 90 cr's degree) applicable to the degree is eligible for Master's degree studies.

Right to study

The applicant gets the right to study when he or she is accepted as a student and confirms the study place and registers for the semester. The right to study period begins from that point. So the applicant needs to apply during the semester he or she wants to start the studies as a degree student.

Eligibility / Bachelo​r's d​egree​

You are eligible for Bachelor's degree studies when you have completed 60 credits of open studies applicable to the degree you are applying to. You must have completed the studies in an Open University of Applied Sciences in Finland and you cannot apply with unfinished bachelor's degree studies.

Admission is based on the applicability of open studies, number of credits and academic performance.

 

Language skills requirements

If your open UAS studies' tuition language has been other than English, HAMK can arrange an English language test to check your English skills  if necessary.

 

How to apply​

Submit an application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period on 1 August - 31 May 3:00 pm Finnish time.

Required attachments / Bachelor's degree studies

Upload the following attachments to your application at Studyinfo.fi (at the latest within 7 days after submitting the application):

  • an official transcript of records (studies completed in the open university)​​
  • copy of a document exempting you from paying tuition fees (if you have such document)

Student Selection in Bachelor's Degree Studies

You can be admitted as a Bachelor's degree student when you have completed 60 credits of open studies applicable to the degree you are applying to. Admission is based on the applicability of open studies, number of credits and academic performance.

Studies completed in an open university of applied sciences

The studies completed in an open university of applied sciences (60 cr, 15 cr or 10 cr) may contain no more than 1/3 of credit transfers. You cannot apply as a degree student on the basis of studies completed in a university or in a higher education institute outside of Finland.

The applicability of the open studies to the degree will be evaluated. It will be beneficial if the applicant has completed open studies from the first academic year applicable to the degree. It will also be beneficial if the applicant has completed more credits than required.

For the Degree Programme in International Business the grade point average of the completed studies must be at least 3.0.

Student selection results and enrolment

During the academic year the student selections will be made within 3-4 weeks after the applicant has submitted the application and the enclosures to the Admission Services of HAMK. ​Applicant will be informed about the decision on student admission in writing.

Admitted applicants must confirm the study place and enrol to the academic year as instructed in the admission letter. The student selection of applicants failing to confirm the study place will be cancelled.​

Appeal p​​rocess

If you are not satisfied with the results of the student selection process, you may appeal in writing to the Examination Board of Häme University of Applied Sciences within 14 daysfrom the time you had the possibility of receiving information on student selection.

One place per student provision

You may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree during one academic term.

 

Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA students

As a non-EU/EEA-citizen you are required to pay tuition fees for Bachelor’s degree studies.

The tuition fee must be paid at the time of confirming the study place. Please notice: tuition fees are charged directly by HAMK and should never be paid through third parties (i.e. educational agents).

You can be exempted from paying tuition fees if you:

  • have an EU Blue Card granted in Finland
  • have a continuous residence permit card in Finland, type A permit
    • NB: Type A permit granted for studying in Finland (from 15 April 2022 onwards) doesn’t exempt student from paying tuition fee.
  • have a permanent residence permit card in Finland, type P permit
  • have an EU Family Member's Residence Card in Finland
  • have an EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence permit card in Finland (Type P-EU)
  • have a Brexit residence permit card, Right of residence under the withdrawal agreement
  • have a Brexit residence permit card, Right of permanent residence under the withdrawal agreement

In order to be exempted from paying tuition fees, please attach a copy of one of the above-mentioned documents to your application at Studyinfo.fi. The document must be uploaded to your application within 7 days after submitting the application.

Please notice: if you receive one of the documents mentioned above at any point of the admission process, please contact the Admission Services.

EU/EEA students

There will be no tuition fee for EU/EEA citizens. In order to be exempted from paying tuition fees you need to attach one of the following documents to your application at Studyinfo.fi:

  • Passport or identity card to indicate the citizenship of EU/EEA/Switzerland (citizens of Finland are not required to provide proof of their citizenship as it will be verified from the population register)

The document must be downloaded to your application within 7 days after submitting the application.

Please visit Tuition fees and scholarships -page for more detailed information.

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